BONIFAY – Holmes County Board of Commissioners approved the award of a contract for the Highway 2 boat landing when they met in regular session on January 8.

The award was given to Hall Contractors and is contingent on getting the cost of the project on budget. The Boating Improvement Grant was awarded during the summer of 2018 in the amount of $205,380 and will be used to refurbish the ramp itself as well as change the grade that is currently too steep for smaller vehicles to load and unload their boats. The parking lot will be expanded and paved.

Also at the meeting, Vice Chairman Brandon Newsom brought the idea of holding a meeting per month in a different municipality in the county for the convenience of those residents who may not have the capability of attending a morning meeting. While each commissioner was in favor of the idea, there are logistical matters, such as preparing recording equipment for use at the different sites, that will need to be worked out. Attorney Brandon Young advised the board that as long as the meeting is advertised correctly there is absolutely no reason it cannot be held in a municipality. A final decision is set to be made on January 29.

In other business, commissioners approved putting out a Request for Proposals for a consultant to lobby on behalf of the county during this year's legislative session. The proposals will be opened at the next meeting where a decision will be made on how to proceed.

Beaver trapping was once again on the agenda when Ronnie Braxton came before the board to offer his trapping services. Braxton, a retired USDA trapper, was tasked by the board to come back with an estimate of how many beavers there are to be removed and a cost estimate with it before the board makes a final decision.

The final pass for debris removal is set for January 20. Commissioners advised that remaining storm debris needs to be moved to the road in order to be picked up.

The Holmes County Board of County Commissioners will meet again in regular session at 6 p.m. on January 29.